Fire Danger Remains High, Oklahoma Forestry Services Warn

Saturday, March 12th 2011, 2:25 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fire danger is still high to very high across Oklahoma on Saturday, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services. Although conditions have improved since Friday's outbreak of grassfires across the state, numerous burn bans are in effect and extreme caution is urged.

Crews with the Forestry Services responded to 42 fires totally over 8,600 acres on the east side of the state, according to a news release. Forestry Services coordinated aircraft worked four fires. At one point, all the department's resources were committed.

"Events like those of yesterday are sobering reminders of wildfire's destructive potential," said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. "It is important for people living in wildland urban interface areas to prepare for wildfire and have a plan in the event a wildfire is approaching."

Don't burn trash or debris when conditions are dry or windy. Unsafe burning of leaves, brush, household trash and other debris is a major cause of wildfires in Oklahoma and under these conditions any fire can threaten homes and communities.

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